Faces of the QEH – Kristin Doherty

Knowledge and Education about Mental Health is Key

Kristin Doherty is a self-proclaimed people person and knew early on that she wanted to pursue a career where she could work closely with people that needed help. She has found that at the QEH and has worked as a nurse in the Psychiatry Unit for the past seven years, within a close-knit team of nurses, occupational therapists, social workers and psychiatrists. 

“Ensuring patients and their families have the proper knowledge and education about a diagnosis concerning their mental health is key.” Kristin spends a lot of one-on-one time with patients and works with each person to develop a personalized plan to pave the way for a smooth recovery. “I help identify support systems in their community and teach them techniques that will help maintain a healthy lifestyle when they are back in their homes and everyday lives,” explains Kristin.

While her job can be challenging Kristin says the rewards are worth it. “One of the best moments for me is when a patient genuinely thanks me for my help in their recovery. It makes me feel like I have made a positive impact in their lives. That’s an amazing feeling that you don’t forget,” says Kristin.

Through donations made to the QEH Foundation a tele-medicine conferencing system was recently purchased for the unit, allowing patients access to health care professionals located outside the province. For Kristin, witnessing patients reap the benefits of utilizing priority medical equipment at the QEH is the reason she contributes to the iDonate QEH Family Staff Giving Campaign, which are bi-weekly donations made through payroll deductions.  “I know there are many people that have diverse health care needs, so if making a small contribution each month makes a difference, then I feel really happy about that.”